Radical Archives started as my pet project in graduate school. I had always been intrigued by Walter Benjamin’s idea of writing a book made up entirely of fragments from other books. I also saw how political conversations were starting to quickly be based almost exclusively on online materials, and so many passages in printed materials — whether books or periodicals — were becoming totally overlooked.
Websites had originally been quite difficult to set up, but with the advent of WordPress software in particular, it was now easy for a non-techie like myself to start and update them.
Thousands of people have read Radical Archives over the last few years. We have helped embarrass Judith Butler, dug up resources on the history of anarcho-primitivism, and provided fodder to both mainstream Left- and Right-wing commentators. While my posts have slowed down recently, I am still adding new material, and of course keeping the older stuff available.
Unfortunately, like many other radical PhDs, my post-school financial life has been far less than lucrative. I’ve spent hundreds of hours scanning, transcribing, and putting up this material. So if you have read, liked, or been infuriated by what we’ve documented, now is your time to give back! I would like to raise $60 in order to pay for two years of the domain name and website mapping.
$4,999.00 Government agents collecting intelligence on the radical fringes – please pay this amount.
$4,599.00 Right-wing media pundits who used the Judith Butler article.
$100.00 Professors who have cited this site in an article they turned in for a tenure package.
$60.00 Hurray, I can do other things now!
$30.00 I will buy you a beer the next time I see you.
$10.00 I only need six folks like this!
$5.00 C’mon, help a friend out with a fiver.